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User Stories: Match the Goal to the Role

Agile teams write user stories to express the desired business value for many types of product backlog items, especially features.    

One common format for user stories is:

This simple user story format helps teams craft well-written stories that business people and…

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Estimation of Non-Functional Requirements

A non-functional requirement (NFR) is a system-level (or product-level) constraint. NFRs do not relate to functionality but instead refer to attributes, such as performance, accuracy, portability, reusability, maintainability, interoperability, capacity, platform fan-out, and so…

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Scrum – The Bright Light That Exposes Dysfunction!

All organizations are plagued by dysfunction—those impediments or obstacles that stand in the way of realizing their full potential. One of the benefits of an agile process like Scrum is that it helps expose these dysfunctions.

Although finding and addressing dysfunctions is…

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Why Scrum? The 6 Very Real Benefits of Agile

We’ve all experienced projects that, despite our best efforts, delivered late, weren’t up to our quality standards, and didn’t quite meet our customer’s needs. Failed projects not only negatively impact the bottom line, they also can damage reputations and crush morale. Even in…

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